A&E in Australia: ‘doctors are much better supported here’
By: Tabitha Davis 02/22/14 Australian PhD Ben Desbrow, who shall hereafter be known as the hero, is an Associate Professor of Human Nutrition at Griffith University, whose work is focused on turning things like caffeineand beer into exercise aids. You read that right. While many diet fads and health magazines will say that caffeine and beer are among the things one must give up to really be healthy, the hero and his team are looking at things from a different angle. Desbrows main mission is to turn a drink like beer, which is the most highly consumed alcoholic beverage, into something that is good for you or at least not as bad for you. Dr. Ben Desbrow, Cheers to you (from Dr. Desbrows Twitter account) From our perspective its about exploring harm minimization approaches that may still allow people to potentially drink beer as a beverage, but lower the risks associated with the alcohol consumption and hopefully improve re-hydration potential, Desbrow told ABC in 2013. By infusing both regular beer and light beer with additional electrolytes the team hopes to create a gentle balance that will leave the beer with its original flavor, but will reduce the dehydration affect that leads to hangovers, keeping the body hydrated and healthy while not having to forego the spirit lifting effects of beer. During the study the light beer seemed to have the most significant effects, though it was only one third more hydrating than a regular light beer. With his main area of focus being the health of the human body, Desbrow has also combined his expertise in applied sports research and food-borne drug research to find the benefits in the worlds most widely consumed drug, caffeine. In the book Caffeine For Sports Performance, the hero, along with Louise Burke, Australian Sports Commissions Head of Sports Nutrition, and Lawrence Spriet, Human Health Professor at University of Guelph, the use of caffeine as a sports supplement is discussed. Were guessing this is where the beer research comes into play. While the heros work is ongoing, his approach is changing the face of how we might use beer and caffeine, which humans have been using to feel for for thousands of years. Bottoms up to you, Ben Desbrow! Recent Articles
He said: “It’s been a well-trodden path for the last 15 years or so for young doctors from the UK to come to Australia, work here for a year or two and then go back home, back into the NHS when they are about 30 years old and eventually become a consultant. “I first worked in Australia in 2002-03, then came back here with my wife, who’s also a consultant in emergency medicine, in 2011. What surprised me then was that all five of the UK-trained registrars, or middle-grade doctors, working alongside me in Geelong hospital, about 70km south of Melbourne, intended to stay and do their five-year training in Australia. That was a dramatic change in less than a decade. “So I surveyed all doctors in training working in emergency departments at the 30 hospitals in Victoria about their country of origin and whether they intended to stay or go back. I found that 57% of all the 364 registrars had been educated at an overseas university. The largest proportion 36% came from the UK and Ireland, 32% were from Australia and 15% from Asia, with the rest from other places. “People come, usually between the ages of 26 and 33, for various reasons. They like the lifestyle, the climate and access to the beach, although the downside is being away from family and friends. “But it’s also an easier option to come here than stay in the UK because emergency medicine doctors are much better supported here. Here they work a guaranteed 43-hour week, with five hours of that protected for teaching. “There are also far more registrars than in the UK. In a typical NHS hospital there are seven to 10.
Will South Africa doctor the Cape Town pitch?
They will be desperate to overcome their hoodoo against Australia, who they have not defeated at home in a Test series for more than 40 years. Normally a result pitch is interpreted as one which will offer generous assistance to the bowlers. However, the potency of the attacks boasted by both sides suggests a draw is unlikely, even on a benign surface; neither of the first two Tests made it past the fourth day. The last time these sides crossed paths at Newlands, the Test was completed before lunch on the third day. The pitch was so helpful to the quicks it is easy to forget South Africa were dismissed for a paltry 96 in their first innings. Whenever cricket followers reminisce over this Test, the first number that rolls of their tongue is 47 Australias second innings total. During one period on day two of that match, the sides combined lost 19-94. Nineteen for ninety-four. The following summer, when Sri Lanka visited, the pitch at Cape Town was unrecognisable. Devoid of the thick grass cover seen during the 2011 debacle, it allowed 1063 runs to be scored for the loss of only 24 wickets. Then in February last year, a sporting deck greeted Pakistan who managed to compete strongly with South Africa before losing in a tight, four-wicket result. My guess is the Newlands deck for this weeks Test will look nothing like its 2011 incarnation. South Africa may have bulldozed Australia at St Georges Park, but they will remain wary of the carnage the tourists quicks could engineer on a green seamer.